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New York Marches to Ensure Black Foster Youth Aren’t Forgotten

BROOKLYN, N.Y.- Larry Malcolm Smith Jr. speaking at the steps of Brooklyn Borough Hall for The Forgotten Children’s Youth March. Photo: Hiram Durán.
In a public demonstration of their presence and pain, dozens of young people and their supporters gathered under bright New York skies Saturday for what they billed as the first-ever march for Black foster youth.


Groups Fighting for Black Lives Highlight Juvenile Justice, Child Welfare Systems

Images broadcast during the Black National Convention held last Friday, organized by the Movement for Black Lives. (lower right: sign language interpreter)
Dozens of Black-led advocacy groups nationwide are calling for an end to the criminalization of youth younger than age 23, and a disruption of systems that wrench newborn infants from their mothers’ arms shortly after they’ve given birth.

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A Social Services Leader Returns to Fight Pandemic and Racial Inequality

Will Lightbourne, a longtime director of state and local social services, emerged from retirement last month to become the director of the California Department of Health Care Services – just as record-breaking coronavirus cases tripled in the state.


The First Woman of Color Set to Run L.A.’s Teachers Union Makes Racial Justice Her Mission

The Imprint’s reporter Nadra Nittle spoke with Cecily Myart-Cruz about the policing of students and the school-to-prison pipeline as well as systemic racism in the classroom and how educators can make a difference.


Publisher’s Note: Silence Can be Complicity in Violence Against Black Families

It didn’t take George Floyd’s killing at the hands of the police for me to recognize that I have been complicit in state-executed violence against black families. But it did take his murder and the protests that have roiled the nation since to compel me to articulate it, which is shameful.


A Letter to Black Foster Youth

Dear Black Foster Youth, I’m sure you all have seen the unrest and televised revolution going on across the country and worldwide. The death of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery – the last two of which were video recorded, all killed by current or ex-police – has acted as the straw that’s broken the camel’s back.


    Garcetti’s Plan to Defund the LAPD Could Benefit the Juvenile Justice System

    While a low-grade temblor shook the walls of Los Angeles City Hall on Wednesday night, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced an unprecedented plan to siphon up to $150 million from the Los Angeles Police Department budget as protesters continue to demand transformational policing reform.


    Outrage Over Looting Misses Point, Young People in Los Angeles Say

    Eight years after her 14-year-old cousin was shot and killed by law enforcement during a mental health crisis, Los Angeles youth activist E.V. is closely watching the protests against police brutality that have now gripped every major American city. 

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    A Bigger Demon Can Be Conquered: The Voice of Jha’asryel-Akquil Bishop

    Jha’asryel-Akquil Bishop, 24, was born and raised in Guyana, where they were an ambassador for the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport. In 2015, they attended the seventh Summit of the Americas in Panama City.